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Album Review

When first seen on TV, Miami Vice was known as much for the music as the stylish action-packed plots. The man behind the music was Jan Hammer, a well-established rock and jazz-fusion player with experience that includes Jeff Beck, John McLaughlin and Jerry Goodman as bandmates and collaboraters. On Escape a very strong style of current instrumental music can be found, with the edge of rock music and the smooth, spacey appeal of some of the more progressive New Age musicians. ~ Backroads Music/Heartbeats, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Awsome Album!

This album has to be one of the best Jazz ones I have ever heard. I would have to say the best song is Crokett's Theme, its a nice relaxing song, great for late nights. The best part is that there are no words, but it still sounds amazing, A recomend Buy!!


This album is one of the best i own... I call it "Late Night Driving Music" (best on the streets of South Beach in Miami) Highly recommend it to "Miami Vice" fans and non-fans alike. Great music!

Escape From Television

This classic "techno" album helped to make the Miami Vice television show such a hit; its psychedelic moodiness created the ultra cool ambience of that series and complemented the innovative camera techniques used by Michael Mann. It is soothing and peaceful without being bland in the least; it will trip you out without drugs. There's never been anything quite like it before or since... and that's a loss.


Born: April 17, 1948 in Prague, Czech Republic

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

To pop music fans, keyboardist Jan Hammer is best known for his work on the soundtrack of the stylish '80s cop series Miami Vice. But Hammer also achieved considerable success in the jazz fusion world, both on his own and as a charter member of John McLaughlin's legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra. Though jazz purists often decry major portions of his solo work, Hammer has undeniably left his mark, both musically and commercially. A native of Prague, in what was then Czechoslovakia, Hammer was born into...
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